In a competitive business environment increasingly driven by technological innovation, companies need to stay abreast of the latest trends to access new opportunities and keep their competitive edge.
Keeping up with new technological trends should be continuous to keep your firm up to date; and you need to take action early to have enough time to see your goals, requirements, plan for implementation, train staff to use the new technology and provide answer to contingencies that may arise.
For 2015, the following technology implementations will be the key to conduct seamless business operations as well as augment growth for thriving businesses:
VoIP solutions are essential for reducing costs as they cost less than using a conventional phone for business operations. The cost of long distance calls is also reduced with a VoIP service provider. It is a multi-functional technology that can also be used for videoconferencing; this should allow you to keep on top of important affairs and details when dealing with remote workers, regardless of where you are. The technology also includes a phone number for the business owner that can be used to receive calls at any location through an internet connection.
High-speed wireless broadband
Fixed wireless is the latest high-speed wireless broadband technology that delivers dedicated and robust bandwidth. With the option of a fixed wireless broadband provider, businesses can benefit from scalable bandwidth and network diversity. Some service providers provide core network links to a small microwave antenna on the roof of your office premises via state of the art network access that leverages new standards for wireless broadband communications, so it can work seamlessly with a local area network.
Servers for data storage
Many businesses today deal with big data growth, so they require servers that can accommodate all that data. When it comes to that, there’s a lot of choice. Leading vendors such as Dell and HP provide a wide range of offerings for SMBs. HP for example offers the ProLiant Microserver Gen 8 which can run on Windows Server. As requirements are added due to application serving, web serving, virtualization, etc. businesses can add more processes and look into denser storage options such as blades and racks.
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Also known as multi-hop networking, mesh networks are important for extending the strength and range of business internet networks through multiple access points. The more nodes are present for interconnection, the better. All nodes take the form of the router and can connect with other nodes instead of having to rely on the main base station, which is a bone for reliability and flexibility. The technology can be used to cover older office premises and the networks can also be extended without new base station setups.
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
Businesses need to rely on solutions such as IaaS to benefit from the cost advantages of not having to manage or equip an in-house data centers. Such solutions are provided by companies such as Parallels. This will benefit companies having in-house solutions wanting to upgrade their infrastructure, as well as those who are rudimentary and want to store their data out of their premises. Options including managed hosting or utility computing, dedicated cloud computing, and virtual private cloud computing.
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